While the Olympics remains the ultimate goal for the top rowers this summer (and eight Princetonians will be competing at the 2012 London Games), an invitation to a prestigious international competition would be a proud honor for any rower. Eight Princetonians have earned spots at the upcoming U-23 World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania from July 11-15.
"It’s awesome to see so many rowers from the boathouse racing at the U23’s this summer," said heavyweight head coach Greg Hughes. "It’s an honor to watch our athletes move on to represent their countries and we are excited to watch the racing unfold this week."
Four members of the Princeton heavyweight program clinched berths, including two on the U.S. national team. Ian Silveira ’12, the 2012 captain, will stroke the U.S. men’s eight, while boatmate Will Gillis ’14 will row in the 3 seat for the men’s four. Rising sophomore Tim Masters ’15 will compete against Gillis as a member of the Australian men’s four, while rising senior Mike Evans will compete for Great Britain.
Both Masters and Evans have already rowed in an international prestigious competition this summer. While no full Princeton boats made the trip to England, those two were among the five current or future Tigers that competed at the 2012 Royal Henley Regatta. Masters raced with an Australian 4 that won the Steward’s Cup, while Evans raced in the Leander boat in the Ladies Plate competition and lost to Harvard by one foot. Incoming freshmen Fred Vystavel (Eton), Adam Maleh (Belmont Hill) and George Bradbury (Westminster) also competed.
Two lightweights have clinched berths. Tyler Nase ’14, who helped the 2012 Princeton men’s lightweights to the medal stand at the EARC Sprints, will compete for the U.S. LM4-. Rising senior Alex Morss ’13 won at the U-23 Trials, held at nearby Mercer Lake, and claimed the LW1x spot.
The last two spots were just announced, and they were for the U.S. women’s eight. Both 2012 All-America Heidi Robbins ’13 and classmate Gabby Cole ’13 will row for the top U.S. boat. Both were members of the Princeton V8 that placed fourth at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Robbins will row in the 6-seat, while Cole will row in the 4-seat.